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: tonight's top story, delays at airports coast to coast. according to the faa, flights into new york, baltimore, and washington are delayed because of not enough controllers on hand to monitor the busy corridors. joining me now, president of boy group international and erik hanson, director of domestic policy for the u.s. travel association. welcome to you both. i will start with you, mike. what do you make of this? the fda is saying many of these delays are two hours or more. is is the fault of sequestration or is something else, not? >> it is the fault of politics. sequestration is 600 million out of the faa budget. 4 percent. they still have a billion dollars in their budget, more than they did in 2008 and 8% fewer flights. no one in aviation is buying this. this is a political stunt, and that is all. gerri: do you agree? >> i don't know if it is a political side, but it is certainly politics at its worst. for the travel industry, a key driver of the economy, we cannot afford to sit here and have congress pointing the finger at the administration, the administration putting the fi
the sequester for flight delay. it is just another example of shoddy management by the faa. lori: gas prices are tank. why good news may still be on the way. melissa: fed watchers in full speculation mode as bernanke has he will skip jackson hole. a first for a federal chairman in 25 years. what does it mean? now, to the floor of the new york stock exchange. nicole petallides. nicole: we will get to some of the home builders in a second. right now you have a mixed market. the dow jones pulling back a bit. that 2.2%. last week was a rough week for the dow jones industrials. there is the tech heavy nasdaq. there is a look right now at how we have done so far. obviously, you can see that we have had a nice run this year. i wanted to also take a look at some of the homebuilders. we got in some existing home sales. pound .6% month over month. that is not good news there. the home prices that you saw word. back to you. lori: seasonally strong time of year for home sales. overall, the u.s. economy is running below its historical trend. this is a study done by the index. my next guest says the econo
including new york's laguardia. the faa saying yesterday there were some 400 flight delays because of these furloughs in the air traffic control towers from airline industry could experience on someday 7000 flight delays. critics say the faa absolutely has the authority in the budget to cut elsewhere, and so there's a debate on whether or not the faa and government have a choice. >> we believe the faa has the discretion not to furlough the air traffic controllers, historically have never, ever in any situation been furloughs before because the frontline safety professionals keep the planes in the air, get them to the ground and keep travelers moving, keep shipping moving and that is critical to our economy, does not have to be this way. >> we believe the way their plan is constructed is going to maximize the disruption assuming it rules out and disruptions occurred. not a good situation. rich: the obama administration says the altar of the faa staff is personnel workers, the only way to comply with the numbers of these automatic but it cuts is you have to furlough air traffic contr
the federal aviation administration saying that these should be put off. they say the law allows the faa and the administration to cut somewhere else in the 16 billion-dollar annual budget of the faa. they say the way the faa were cuts makes the delays even worse. >> under the applicable laws. the faa has the authority or the discretion to find the money elsewhere. not to lay off the workers. and, therefore, to protect the traveling and shipping public, the faa should not furlough the air traffic controllers. now congressional republicans charge the way the administration has structured this is simply for political reasons. the administration says that's absolutely not the case. they say the way is law isten o other choices than to furlough these air traffic controller if they have to reach the savings that the law requires, shep. >> >> shepard: we are expecting it to say four different flight delays faa is saying. airlines anywhere between 6700. about a quarter of the flight traffic in this country daily. in a statement the faa says they will be working with the airlines and using traff
caused the faa to furlough worker. >> entirely utterly unnecessary. >> republicans argue the white house has the flexibility to avoid this and should cut waistful programs they say the president has an agenda. >> to try to convince the american people that there are no circumstances under which we can ever cut spending at all. >> democrats defend the faa saying it had no choice. >> congress enacted it in law. it was a cool act of 2011. the vast majority of republicans voted for them. >> the faa says it won't risk safety. air traffic controllers means fewer planes in the air. the faa tells me staffing reduction has delayed 1600 flights in the past two delays. >> delays will be bad for business and frustrating for families and devastating for the economy. >> with no other budget in place delays could continue for at least another 5 months. >> this is no way to run this government. >> and the faa warns the flight delays effecting the entire country will only get worse as the summer travel season approaches. in washington keyly campbell ktvu channel 2 news. >> got officials who wanted steam
is suing the faa to halt the budget cuts. >> the faa has and should have exercised the discretion not to furlough air traffic controllers who never in the history have been furloughed before by any budget sequestration or any shutdown of the faa or anything like that. >> and even the white house admits this was never supposed to happen. at reagan national airport, i'm hampton pierson for "nightly business report." >> flying may be more difficult these days but there's good news for drivers. prices at the pump are down $.11 a gallon over the last two weeks and could fall by another.20 as we get closer to memorand e err memorial day. >>> leading sectors were energy and technology, ahead of the after the bell earnings. the dow ended the day 19 points higher and the s&p 500 added 7. the price of gold rebounded today, surging nearly $26 to $1,421 announced. but last week as the price of gold was falling, investors pulled $2.7 billion out of gold exchanged traded funds. most of the money was invested in international stock. >> turning to market focus. texas instruments reported the prof
to roll out the way the faa has said that it will, people are not going to be able to rebook in all cases. their summer vacation plans are going to be blown. that's a horrible position to put the traveling public in. >> the faa says it's 15,000 air traffic controller have to take off one day every two weeks without pay. this result of the automatic spending cuts congress passed in 2011. the airline industry says the faa's plan maximizes flight delays. >> we believe that the faa has the discretion not to furlough the air traffic controllers. they keep the planes in the air, get them to the ground and keep travelers moving, keep shipping moving and that's critical to our economy. >> congressional republicans charge the administration is structuring these cuts to worsen their impact. in a statement, congressman bill shuster the chairman of the house committee on transportation and freezing rain structure says quote the administration views the sequester as an attempt to score political points rather than address real issues and find real savings in a bloated federal bureaucracy. he points to
them to the ground. rich: we have contacted the faa repeatedly this morning. take a look at the numbers. 16 billion a year. total employees for the faa, 47,000. 50,000 of them are air traffic controllers. they are supposed to take one day off every other week. to you. connell: rich, thank you. let's go to the fourth opinion editor. he joins us from washington delta. the politics of this is interesting. we are just getting started this week. what is the political impact, in your view? >> i think political impact is very bad. it's a black guy for the obama administration, congress and the faa. this is going to come back and haunt washington in a major way. connell: you said it would be disastrous for the administration. why? >> well, i think ultimately the jury understands there are always ways to cut spending. it would make the obama administration appear as though it is making six. there has to be some other way to reduce expenditures that do not impact flight times and everything. do not think this looks good for congress or the obama administration. connell: most people believe that i
budget cuts. some 50,000 faa employees including 15,000 air-traffic controllers are being forced to take an unpaid day off every other week to save money. michelle miller reports that could lead to delays. >> reporter: for passengers at new york's laguardia airport travel is already a four letter word. was very concerned bcause they said the delay could be up to four hours. >> reporter: thanks to mandatory budget cuts approved by congress the faa has 637 million dollars less to spend. that's forcing some air-traffic controllers to stay home without pay. two days a month. mark rosenker is a former ntsb chairman and aviation safety analyst for cbs news. >> it could slow anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes and in some cases, even three, four hours. if it gets too crowded in the skies, unfortunately it will result in cancellations. american airlines tells cbs news that until the faa provides secretary of details of the furlough, it's hard to inform passengers of the effects. but they do say they expect the biggest delays at lax, chicago's o'hare, and right here at laguardia. union and the airline
in the faa's union, but first we go to jackie deangelis who is out at my favorite airport, laguardia. jackie? >> reporter: good afternoon, tyler. a fair amount of angry passengers whose flights have been delayed is what she meant to say. of course, you know, they are blaming it on sequestration. that has prompted the faa to cut 47,000 jobs and 13,000 of those are air travel controllers. that is in an effort to trim $200 million from the budget. the question, of course, is at what cost is that savings really coming? the concern is that there will be a domino effect here, that delays like this will cause people, especially business men and women to stop traveling, travel less because of the inconvenience. not only having the bottom line of the airlines, but the greater economy. for example, american airlines say it could see a hit of $1.7 million a day as a result of this. now, some suggesting that people may be too quick to point the finger at washington. the faa saying in a statement that 1200 delays yesterday occurred because of the furloughs, but that 1400 more occurred because of bad weat
. faa furloughs, they just kicked in. some delays now appearing late yesterday in and is around new york. this st for the first time with travelers waiting more than an hour. delays were seen at other airports in the u.s. the faa furloughs affect 47,000 employees, including nearly 13,000 air traffic controllers. experts say the first real test is today when traffic increases and you remember, you saw all these stories, even last week saying the sequester doesn't matter. >> because a lot of the stuff hasn't kicked in. now, if things don't matter this week, then you can say they really don't matter. >> so this is the test one way or the other. we're going to talk to mike boyd about all this and more. >> in economic news, a business economist says washington's budget tightening is having a minimal effect on business. 93% of those surveyed say political developments had no effect if the first quarter and 95% say they had no impact on capital spending plans. among the biggest concerns, global economic conditions and the potential for further government spending cuts and the regulatory environ
and for the american people. >> yesterday's faa's furlough produced the predicted flight delays, and senator mcconnell said as a result of the administration's poor planning and political motives were stuck op the tarmac. what's the reaction to that? >> i find it interesting the republican is decrying the sequester in the past that he support. it's a result. we made it clear that there looks like there would be negative effects if congress failed to take reasonable action to avert the sequester, policy that everyone who was involved in writing it knew at the time and was never designed to be implemented, but designed to be bad policy and to be avoided. the fact is that congress had an opportunity, but republicans made a choice, and this is a result of a choice they made to embrace the sequester as -- and i'm quoting republicans, a victory for the tea party and a home run. i don't know that they agree with it because they changed positions on sequester a variety of times in the last several months. it should have never been policy. president put forward a comprehensive balanced approach to defic
already seeing big delays as the first air traffic furloughs kick in today. a closer look at what the faa cuts could mean for you and your plans. >>> plus, the midwest getting hit with yet another spring snowstorm. major flooding and up to 6:00 inches of snow in some places. we'll show you where it is now and where it is headed. jenna: what drove the suspected bombers remains unclear in the boston terror attacks. investigators are reportedly already trying to question the surviving suspect although there seems to be some varying reports on that. some experts are now turning to their past for clues. their family traces their origins to a small area in southern russia known as chechnya. it is predominantly muslim country, or area. it has been in turmoil for years. with islamist terror groups launching a series of attacks against russian targets in a fight for independence in muslim states. 2002, a chechen group stormed a theater in moscow. there were 700 people in the side at the time. more than 100 people died during a rescue attempt by russian security forces. 2004, in the largest hostage
'll get the analyst behind that call ahead. >> also the sequester effect on travel. >> faa employee furloughs and our major airport delays and all in the future and former department of transportation inspector mary shafo live. another monday morning, david, in which you've propelled a major dow component, microsoft up over 4% on the news that an activist shareholder is buying a $2 billion stake. so i think by my calculations you've created on that report about $2.5 billion of value so far this monday morning. >> simon, it's the value being created by the news itself, not the fact that i've reported it and we've been able to tell people that value act, large activist fund that often does take large positions in companies and actually doesn't get active if things go their way have taken a $2 billion position. on a relative bases it's 1% or less than 1% overall is what it would amount to of the outstanding shares of microsoft. that being said, valueact does have a history of holding stakes for quite some period of time, monitoring those companies and their managements and then getting
in usual in washington, dc. for the faa the numbers don't add up. their work load has been decreasing and yet they didn't make the necessary changes to prepare for the sequestration. which they've known since last fall was coming. that's why it's just politics as usual in d.c. >> neil: so these cuts that the white house was referring to that took effect formally yesterday, aren't real? >> the cuts are real all right but the problem for the federal aviation administration is their real work load has been falling or forever a decade, and when they were told they had to do the sequestration last fall, logically you would have prepared and put your work force in place at atlanta and new york, and not at branson, missouri, which averages less than one flight per hour. they didn't do that. they were counting -- i was in washington, dc for almost 15 years. you expect things to work out, expect to never have to cut. but the cuts are here but they don't get it. for next year's budget they asked for 100 more people, and three extra billion dollars for security, even though everyone else is cutt
jobs that should not have one. >> reporter: the faa didn't mince words, blaming most of the backlog on "federal budget cuts." the agency says it was forced to furlough air traffic controllers one day every other week. it saves the agency $640 million. the faa says it could cost travelers 90-minute delays on 6,700 flights every day. and early numbers show delays at baltimore, washington, and laguardia spiking four-fold today over last monday. but part of that could be weather-related. but at other airports like philadelphia, not much change. to see for ourselves, we boarded a flight in miami for orlando. so here's the confusing thing. the flights to washington, d.c. all seem to be delayed from miami. but the flight tracker here on the faa website has no delays. >> so 10% fewer air traffic controllers still have the same number of planes in the air at the same time. about 5,000 of them. transportation secretary ray lahood called it a calamity. >> safety will never be compromised. safety is not involved in the decision that we made about who to furlough and when to do it. >> reporter:
intensified and weather picks up, this is just the beginning. >> reporter: the faa has ordered 14,750 air traffic controllers on furlough two days a month. that's to help make up for $600 million in mandatory budget cuts called sequester. the faa sahacaed 400 delays nationwide on sunday averaging 85 minutes at new york's laguardia airport and 70 minutes at jfk. sporadic delays were also reported monday in charlotte, north carolina, and jacksonville, florida. transportation department head ray lahood says there was no other choice. >> we eliminated contracts. we cut contracts. we eliminated temporary employees. we looked everywhere possible to avoid the kind of furloughs that are now taking place. >> reporter: not everyone agrees. nick represents the airline industry which is suing to stop the furloughs. >> the faa has a budget of $15.6 billion. in a budget that big surely they can find the money to not furlough the air traffic controllers and have this kind of rolling impact on the u.s. economy. it's going to cost a lot more. >> reporter: critics argue president obama wants the public to
, if the why all of the delays, if the faa's budget is getting bigger without sequestration. >> thank you oroville and u wilbur, the media, neil and wilbur, the media, neil and buzz. for teaching us that you can't create the future by colleging to the past.stof loo with that, you are history. instead of looking behind. delta is looking beyond. 80,000 of us investing billions. neil: a republican senator and a democratic senator have the same question for the faa, if our budget is bigger, why are the delays getting longer, they want to know if you cut, why controllers and towers at the top of the list. not ought of the other stuff under -- not all other stuff under. senator, quickly garnering a lot of support for what he is calls protect our skies act. you want to know, look, we understand the sequestration cuts but we question why these cuts? >> absolutely. no business person would make the choice to cut things that effect their customers the most. why does government make that decision unless there is some motivation to get the consequences to be as dramatic and difficult as possible. nei
real business. >>> all right. first up, as airport delays mount to the faa is blaming the spending cuts sequester, forcing thousands of air traffic controllers to take unpaid leave. but republicans blame the obama administration for selectively choosing which cuts would make us all feel the most pain. take a listen to kansas senator jerry moran earlier today. >> it seems as if politics is playing a significant role in the determining what actions the faa are taking, and every indication that i have from conversations with my colleagues is it emanates from the white house. >> all right. here to talk about what i call the phony crisis and the obama democrats' attempt to raise $1.2 trillion in taxes is texas republican congressman, vice chair of the joint economic committee, my friend brady. and democratic strategist steve mcmann and townhall.com's guy benson here with me. mr. kevin brady, welcome. i know you blasted the irs for their fur lows. but i want to just put up -- i don't know if you can see this, probably not. i'm going to read the numbers. we're going to show you that the faa ha
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to the airport to get back to new jersey. airport delays as faa furloughs begin to kick in. liz: rich edson at the airport. what are you hearing overall about the situation, rich? overall we got hundreds of delays yesterday. airline association says we could see up to a few thousand delays because of this when you look at this, go around the country, there are delays in charlotte, there are delays elsewhere. faa is saying there are delays basically close to coast. as far as specifics are concerned they could not provide us with any ties of numbers. that has a number about folks, especially republicans in congress say this is entirely structured by the faa to inflict what they say is maximum pain on airline travelers. this is comment about bill shoeser, the chairman of the transportation and infrastructure committee. he said disregard for the american public is indicative that the admin strution -- administration views the sequester as a attempt to score political points rather than address issues and than find real savings in a bloated federal brock bureaucracy. the way they arranged the la
. now i'll ask about the faa furloughs, which started yesterday. a group of almost the entire airline industry, including air traffic controller unions, flight attendants, pilot unions, and the industry itself, have written denis mcdonough and the white house a letter saying that the faa should be granted flexibility so they don't have to furlough the air traffic controllers. what do you say to this broad coalition? they say that other agencies have been given such flexibility and they believe the faa should have the same flexibility. >> let me give you some facts. the department of transportation is required by law to cut about $1 billion between now and the end of september; $637 million of that comes from the faa. the faa has initiated a series of cost-saving measures for personnel and non-personnel related, including a hiring freeze, restrictions on travel, termination of certain temporary employees, and reductions to contracts, among other savings. but furloughs cannot be avoided. seventy percent of the faa's operations budget is personnel. the faa must furlough 47,000 employees
the very latest ahead. adam: plus fibers -- flyers get ready for long delays. the faa says they are coming through. is it a warning or threat thanks to sequestration? we're live from one of the country's biggest airports next. first time to see how oil is trading friday night, buy. you are gonna need a wingman. and my cash back keeps the party going. but my airne miles take it worldwide. [ male announcer ] it shouldn't be this hard. with creditcards.com, it's easy to search hundreds of cards and apply online. creditcards.com. adam: get ready for some massive delays at the nation's airports. the faa is warning that 7,000 flights a day could be delayed due to furloughs of air traffic controllers as a result of sequestration. our jeff flock is at chicago's o'hare international airport with the headaches. >> i know we've heard about this before, adam but this time they're serious. really this could be bad. let's give you a lowdown on the furloughs. by the way, lots of delays out here today. but that is weather, not furloughs yet. here is what will happen. the furloughs will start on sunday. th
turbulence here in washington tonight. >> as the faa began furloughing air traffic controllers and the flight delays began. the finger pointing quickly followed. >> as a result of administration's poor planning, i would argue political motives, thousands of people were stuck on tarmacs over the last few days. >> congress had an opportunity but republicans made a choice. and this is a result of a choice they made to embrace the sequester as, and i'm quoting republicans, as a victory for the tea party and a home run. >> if the blame was partisan, the pain was not. long lines and missed connections raised bipartisan concerns with republican and democratic senators asking the transportation secretary and head of the faa how much funding do you need to avoid furloughing air traffic controllers and to keep the contract air traffic control towers open and what could you cut from other accounts to avoid or reduced air traffic controller furloughs and contract closures and there were bipartisan proposed solutions. >> what i believe is there ought to be postponement of these furloughs to give all of us
: sequester is faa starting air traffic controller furloughs yesterday it has been warning for months this day would becoming. and delays would follow, so far it is pretty. the usual havoc and delays. you would not know it looking at headline, main street media, airline and flight sshools sinker ravel guru mark murphy said that administration is manufacturing this mess. he does not deny the lines but deny so call reasons. >> i think it just forced, they want it to be difficult, it there is no reason. are we spending more money this year than last year, are we not going to spend a trillion more in 2013, than we spent in 2007. neil: faa has a higher budget this year than last year, i having said that, what is in it for them, if you think about. everything i think trickles down to the president good or bad. >> a few months they played the hand it was a disaster, they walked it back, they saw of it not a disaster we just slowing increase in spending. neil: your facts are dead obut these cuts would be rolled in this is latest more come ing on the travelling, you say it is a nightmare because there
that faa staff have had to be furloughed, then you may well be looking for someone to blame. and luckily enough, republicans are at the ready and know exactly who's responsible. >> as a result of the administration's poor planning, i would argue political motives, thousands of people were stuck on tarmacs over the last few days. the faa's mismanagement of this issue is a source of bipartisan frustration. our goal here shouldn't be to score political points on the backs of weary travelers. it should be to fix the problem. >> let's see. our goal here shouldn't to be to score political points. since when did mitch mcconnell outgrow his need to scoring political points? and isn't this what republicans have been doing for the last five years? but today, this very broadcast, has become the victim of the ludicrous sequester. because we've been in discussions with representative january schakowsky of illinois, who this week is promoting a bill that would put 50,000 public servants, such as police officers and firefighters, back to work. it is the exact opposite of the sequester and seemed like a
on the faa . the worst delays on east coast, including new york's laguardia, one out of 5 tier oeveryfive flights before noon s delayed. congressional republicans say, bull. they charge obama administration is structuring cuts to make them as painful and obvious as possible. >> federal reserve chairman ben bernanke will not be at jac jacn hole sim this year. my next guest said that we're seeing a slowdown in the economy after a stock first quarter, joining us, wells fargo chief economist, john sylvia, you see a slowdown here? >> there is a slowdown that is what bothered market, stock market a little bit, we a single family housing stocks, retail sales disappointing. building into the commodity market, chinese economic growth is disappointing. people at the inning of year think this economy will take off, and earnings will be strong, then as year goes down they tamper down those expectations. >> you know there is one stock that stands a metaphor, caterpillar, we see them with disappointining results off 42 their earnings, because they are off in the mining sector, but they tell us about go
of flight delays, as the faa scrambles to make due with fewer air traffic controllers. some of the nation's busiest airports fell behind because federal budget cuts have resulted in furloughs across the faa. delays are ranging from 15 minutes to several hours. >>> the record rainfall and flooding that's inundating much of the midwest is far from over. in peoria, the illinois river is cresting today, expected to hit nearly 30 feet. the problem is flood stage is only 18 feet. mississippi and other river towns are seeing similar swamping. near st. louis, more than 100 barges broke free, some smashing into bridges. at least ten of them sank. >>> and there's evidence that we are not exaggerating about the water levels. here it is. take a look at a fish swimming by someone's office window. that's in grand rapids. the river there crested at nearly 22 feet. >> my goodness. >> yikes. >>> today's forecast for the flood zone won't be a welcome one. plan on plenty of rain stretching from south texas all the way to the great lakes. and in the northern-most spots it will be snowing again today. as much
, the sequester. the faa told us they don't have enough people at kennedy so oui not taking off. i said you have to be kidding me? i'm sorry. wield have loved to announce it to people so you could go mack your calls, but the faa has ordered a full stop and we are not allowed to do anything and we have no idea until two minutes ago. >> what about the sequester's impact in a real way on ticket sales particularly for government employees and the like and travel will? i know we reported decent quarters and i know we've been talking about them as investments for the first time ever as opposed to trade. >> there is a concern for business travel and leisure travel. >> the board says on time, and they have no control of whether it's on time. suddenly on time means nothing, david. on time means nothing because if you look at it they don't know. i said, come on, delta has to know. the faa said please tell people it's because we're shorthanded and we don't want to be shorthanded in kennedy when you land, and i thought that was wise. i too, would like enough air traffic controllers to handle kennedy opinion
air traffic controllers must take one day off a week. the faa said planes will have to take off and land more frequently. that would translate to potential longer lines at the airport. joining me is the spokesperson for sfo. can you give me an idea of how many travelers will be out on every given day or? >> what i can tell you, it's about a 10% of reduction. if i'm an air traffic controller, one of my days out of ten is reduced as the furlough. >> reporter: do you have any idea if this will impact the lines? >> i think where we might see some effect is more from the faa perspective. i don't know if it will affect the lines at the airport. but in terms of flight delays, if there's another airport that has congestion issues or staffing issues, even if we're fined locally, we may experience delays to and from the location. it's very much a nationwide issue. >> reporter: it's a juggling act for you. i think one of the things we can expect, there is a procedure we use and that requires an extra controller. not an issue today but if we have bad weather conditions, we might not be able
i think has done a great job. he came in and he said hey, folks, i gotta tell you the faa is one of the biggest parts of the department of transportation. and they got nothing but people, you know. they don't have like battleships that can keep in port or whatever and we're going to have to cut x billion dollars whatever it is. the only way we can meet that goal is we're going to have to furlough. and most of our people -- so we have nothing but employees basically. most of our people or a good schaffer our people are air-traffic controllers so there is no way -- this is what lahood told us, told the world. there is no way that we can avoid this. therefore, no way to avoid what that's going to mean. three things, he said. delays in flights. cancellation of flights and shutting down some regional towers. and he appealed to his fellow republicans. he is a republican. was saying republicans cannot let this happen because they're going to suffer the consequences. of course people said they're just exaggerating. that's not going to happen. and then march 1 kicks in, the sequester kick
for more flight delays triggered by the sequester. some of the busiest airports fell behind schedule. faa furloughs went into effect leaving fewer air traffic controllers on the job and we have more from abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: the delays piled up in charlotte. waits up to 75 minutes at baltimore washington and at all three new york airports. >> when you have cuts like this, it's not good. it's one of the very few jobs, i think, that should not have one. >> reporter: the faa didn't mince words, blaming most of the backlog on federal budget cuts. the agency said, the crunch forced it to furlough its air traffic controllers one day every other week. it saves the agency nearly $640 million, but the faa says it could cost travelers 90-minute delays on 6,700 flights every day. and the early numbers show delays at baltimore washington anew york's laguardia, spiking fourfold over last monday. part of that could be weather related. but at other airports like philadelphia, not much change. to see for ourselves, we boarded a flight in miami for orlando. here's the confusing thing. the fligh
regulators around the world sign off on resuming flights. the faa says it will issue its final directive on the dream liner later this week. >>> gas prices could be cheaper on memorial day then they were at easter this year. drivers will pay $4.06 a gallon in san francisco. that is down three cents a gallon if you haven't noticed in the last week. analysts say the price could go down another 20 cents before the end of next month. that is because crude oil supplies is up. >>> time now 6:21. doctors they are warning teenagers not to do something that is becoming real popular among kids. what some teenagers are now doing and why doctors say it's very dangerous. >>> we have new information about the deadly avalanche in colorado over the weekend. we will tell you the reason the snow boarding group was exploring that back country. you kids should count yourselves lucky. we didn't have u-verse back in my day. you couldn't just... guys... there you are. you know you couldn't just pause a show in one room, then... where was i... you couldn't pause a show in one room then start playing it in anoth
: the faa releasing a statement saying it will quote, be working with the airlines and using a comprehensive set of air traffic management tools to minimize the delays and impacts of lower staffing as we move into the busy summer season. do you find that reassuring? i'm not sure i do. good morning stuart. stuart varney from the fox business network. stuart couldn't we move money over from consultants and grants to help folks out in the control tower? >> let me spell out what we're talking about. $500 million this year for consultants. $474 million in wrapts grants to make communities more liveable and sustainable. obvious, question, martha, take some money out of the consultants bucket and put it into air traffic controlsers bucket to avoid delays. president says can't do that. i don't have the flexibility to target nonessentials. can't do it. so the republicans introduced a bill that would specifically give the president that flexibility, to avoid this pain. he threatened to veto it. that's where we stand this morning. more cuts are coming. more delays are coming. the president does not wan
to the viewers out west. on the first day of faa furloughs, there were delays. but the airlines saying don't blame us. the biggest delays hit los angeles international first. last night the federal aviation administration reported a staffing problem causing some arriving flights to run an average of three hours and seven minutes late. >> we're going to crater the entire system. orter: the nation's airlines and biggest pilots union say it points to troubles ahead. their plan to furlough air traffic controllers, forcing them to tay home one day every other week will bring the system to a grinding halt. >> it will be like having hurricane sandy in the north and hurricane katrina in the south at the same time. >> reporter: so they're suing the faa to postpone the furloughs but the faa says it's the only way to slash $637 million from its budget, cuts required by congress. the busiest airports are expected to take the hardest hits. maximum delays at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson could reach 3 1/2 hours. chicago's o'hare, more than two. and at new york's laguardia, nearl
and all faa workers are losing one workday every other week. >>> all right, spring flooding turned much of the midwest into a muddy mess. record rainfall to blame for high water. for example, nearly 10 inches has fall in this month in grand rapids, michigan. swollen rivers can't take much more. forecasters say more rain is expected tomorrow. >> here's a look at your weather -- expect thunderstorms around southern kansas, oklahoma. by the evening commute, you could see snow around minneapolis and parts of the upper midwest. >> unseasonably cool along the east coast, new england to georgia with temperatures staying in the 50s. but check out the west. dry and warm. hitting the 90s in some spots. >>> to a shining example of someone who really l job. >> a powerful earthquake rocked china over the weekend brought everything to a stand still including a wedding in progress. the bride you just saw there happens to be an anchorwoman. she got right to work. still wearing her wedding gown and her veil. check her out. >> that is hilarious. she abandoned her big day and started reporting on the quak
, and the other far right wingers wouldn't budge. and now the cuts are hurting air travelers. the faa has been forced to slash hours for 47,000 employees. including 15,000 air traffic controllers. and we're seeing airport delays all across the country. surely boehner and cantor are -- would be flying high. after all, they got those spending cuts they wanted to badly, didn't they? not quite. instead, they're still on the attack against the president. pushing the twitter hashtag obama flight delays. there it is tweeted by speaker boehner. majority leader cantor is on board, too. he's tweeting, why is president obama unnecessarily delays your flight? faa could have cut other spending. boarding call for mr. boehner and mr. cantor. you can't support something, then turn around and blame it on the president. any other ideas? >> it's time to cut spending here in washington. >> good one, mr. speaker. it's time to delay the takeoff of this hypocrisy. nice try, republicans. but we got you. suddenly, she does something unexpected and you see the woman you fell in love with. she's everything to you. but y
with the lithium ion batteries. now the head of the airline says it expects faa approval to put dream liners back in service. united airlines have put 787 back on the flight schedule for june. no dream liners can fly until the faa approves the system. >> time now 7:54. within the next month a bicycle beromiter will be installed on market street. all to encourage more people to ride their bikes. installed on the south side of market street between 9th and 10th street. it's going to be 7.5 feet tall. it will be able to show you the number of bicycles that go by. >> i can't ride to work unfortunately. >> a little early. >> 2:30 in the morning. but i do ride my bike when i can. a little beach cruiser . >> i know you do. this morning we have a bunch of slow traffic. i want to mention 5:80 is still a mess. you are wondering why. we had an earlier truck accident. news chopper 2 did take these pictures. it has since been towed away. the two left lanes were the only three open. the traffic is a huge mess coming out of the pass for miles and miles heading west. you can see some of these pictures. unfortuna
travel day it's monday. 47,000 faa employees will get furloughed as a result of budget cuts. they will lose one day of work every other week. the pilot's union due to the faa will staffect so many people. >> out of those 15,000 were air traffic controllers. perhaps it's a better idea to perhaps maybe drive somewhere because gas prices are going down. >> this is the time of year when they are supposed to go up. let's enjoy it while it lasts. gas prices could fall almost $0.20 by memorial day. it would go down to $3.30 a gallon. inventories are high we have a lot of supply. and the economy is slowing down. consumption is the lowest since 1997. this morning gas prices averaging 3.52 a gallon. last year at this time 3.86. that's a nice little savings. >> some say could go below $3 a gallon? >> rocky mountain region could see 32 -- $2.98. >> road trip. >> finally. it is 11 minutes after the top of the hour. a runner survives the marathon bombing only to return home to texas to witness the fertilizer plant explosion and he's sharing his story. we will have that coming up. >>> they
, as the faa furlough air traffic controllers. leading to reports of flight delays across the country but they suggest it's nothing more than a political strategy to get travelers to campaign to reduce the budget in other areas that would not delays passengers. some of the spending and $500 million they are spending, quote consultants or the $325 million for supplies and travel. there is the department of transportation $474 million grant program that promises to make communities more livable and sustainable. you may recall tsa, different agency but speaks to the spending that our government level, recently okayed a $50 million contract for new uniforms. that is a lot of dough. are we spending it well. so tsa is under dhs which is not the same, the point is just that they spend and they spend and they spend. they found $50 million to spend over the tsa and uniforms when it comes to air traffic controllers, now they to furlough and cut back? >> the numbers are all there. you laid out important numbers there. $474 million to make communities more livable through the faa, honestly, money
as the national transportation safety board takes a closer look at one fire in particular just days after the faa approved boeing's plan to get its fleet back in the air. dan springer is live in seattle. dan? >> reporter: yeah, jon. the faa approved the battery fix even as the company answers tough questions about the fire back in january that led to the dreamliner fleet getting grounded. the plane's lithium ion battery sured a short which led to the failure of all eight cells. boeing's new plan includes a redesigned battery that has more insulation between the cells to prevent what's called thermal runaway. the battery charger has been redesigned to reduce the total amount of energy in the battery so it doesn't work as hard, and it's going to be in a better steel containment box that won't allow oxygen to fuel a fire. the ntsb put boeing on the defensive this morning about its assumptions that turned out to be wrong. >> what we can't do is we can't account for every single possible method of short circuit, particularly what we would consider the unknown unknowns. >> reporter: boeing says it has
what those jitters say about the state of the this market coming up. ashley: outrage over faa furloughs and flight deys. lawmakers demanding answers from the white house. but those delays not stopping airline stocks from soaring. they're in the green today. we'll have all of that straight ahead. tracy: everyone is talking apple expected to report its first quarterly profit drop in 10 years. can apple do anything to stop the slide? we'll have a preview coming up. ashley: first at to the top of the hour, stocks back on track after a steep drop last hour. nicole petallides on the floor of the new york stock exchange. sandra smith is in the pits of the consider me. let's begin with nicole. i guess it as hacker flash crash of sorts, nicole. >> that is good way to call it. this is moment, whew, its all done. we made it through. look where market averages are. they are virtually where they were moments before we saw the market move into negative territory. the dow industrials up 130 points, a gain of 1%. like s&p 500, tech-heavy nasdaq best of the bunch. continuing trend we've seen three days
closures and it is really at the mercy of the faa. >> some of the airlines have started to react. delta has said it is disappointed and warned travellers to expect delays in major cities that we've already outlined. what are the other things we're hearing from the airlines? >> basically the airlines are saying the faa has other options. they can cut their budget in other places. the fax says no. this is how we have to go ahead and do it. the airlines have taken the fax to court over this of they filed a lawsuit on friday. there is no hearing date set for that. everybody is watching closely to see if the courts change the decision. >> what do you know about this newark situation, the flights having to return as a result of the washington controllers being, quote, overwhelmed? >> you have a regional air traffic facility that handle flights going from new york to let's say, florida. a lot of the flights heading over the washington air space were overwhelming the number of reduced workers there. they said we're sorry. you have to turn around and come back. >> what's next? >> next we'll watch wh
to sequestration. in the earnings call for delta, say expressed concern about the sequester delays and the faa staffing hurting business down the road. by the way, yesterday, 1,200 flights were delayed due to low staffing and today on "power lunch" when we talked with the secretary of transportation, he said, guess what, it's going to get worse. >> it's probably going to get worse, phil, because we haven't experienced any bad weather. we know there are going to be thunderstorms in chicago. we know there are going to be thunderstorms over the new york air space. we know that there are going to be storms coming in off the pacific ocean in l.a. and in san francisco and when that happens, this will only get worse. >> so as you take a look at the airline index, which has been moving higher over the last six months, keep this in mind, bill and maria, so far, we have not seen advanced bookings hurt because people are worried about delays is and their trips being ruined. but that potential is out there, especially as we head into the busy summer travel season. maria? >> phil, thank you so much. so is
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